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Visitor Reviews - Crealy Meadows Caravan And Camping Park

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Crealy Meadows Caravan And Camping Park
Sidmouth Road
Clyst St Mary
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
EX5 1DR   See Map
Tel: 01395 234888
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Pitches: 138
Open: March To November

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 26 Reviews
                8/10 from 26 Reviews

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 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
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 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool <5 miles   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <10 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
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 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport On Site 

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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Liz+ ant Slade 9 reviews from this member

Great site if you have children.
Staff really friendly, pitches great and facilities really good.
We used the club on the actual theme park and the entertainment was brill, but they were building a new club on site.
Only one thing with us, the park was a bit to young for our teenage girls, but that wasn't the sites fault obviously.

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Kyka7862 8 reviews from this member

Firstly this visit was our 4th in 4 years but first time with a dog. Booked early this year as we always book one of 4 pitches in a cul de sac. Upon arrival we noticed that our pitch wasn't the one we booked. Turns out they had renumbered pitches so we found ourselves 5 pitches away from the one we booked. Reception staff refused to accept it was there fault and kept on saying it was ours rubbish! They have taken away loads of pitches to accommodate the medieval tents so they can add more safari tents for glamping hence renumbering. Anyway to save disappointment to the kids we pitched up and off I went to walk the dog. Given that you pay for a dog at 5 a night there are no special facilities. The dog area is basically the 2 overgrown fields which once housed the Alpacas and Ponies and an area which once people played football. 1 dog bin overflowing! We were booked in for 10 nights. On day 5 no hot water in showers or washing up area. Reported to reception told that maintenance were on it yet after 3 days still had not been fixed! Long trek to other toilet block only to queue for a shower It was only on day 3 of not hot water did the park put a notice on the door saying out of order. No explanation. Nothing. Given that you pay a lot for the pitch and facilities 3. 5 days without hot water in the toilet block is not good enough. Our opinion is that this park will soon have lots more glamping tents and static caravans at 1000+ as it seemed that the Focus was more on these than touring pitches. Wasp catchers were situated around the glampers but not where possible around touring pitches. Touring pitches without separating hedges were not clearly marked so parking became a free for all and sometimes other peoples vehicles tents and caravans were dangerously close to each other. Glampers didn't have this problem. Shop on site is still very small and does not stock dog related stuff. A new clubhouse is being built on site taking away more pitches, but we fear that if this doesn't have an indoor play area for kids (which the one in Crealy does have) then it will be a huge disappointment to families who return year on year. Yet another swaying towards glampers I think. Overall our stay could have been better. The fields for dogs should have been mowed, the dog bin was never emptied in the 10 days we were there. Dogs are not catered for yet you pay to have one on your pitch which you have already paid for. The only good thing is they have a 7 dog kennel which you book so fido can stress in while you enjoy the Adventure Park! Will we be back???? Not if the park continues the way it

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Snowyvan 8 reviews from this member

We've just returned from 3 nights at this site. We went primarily to visit Sandy Park for the rugby but added an extra night because the weather was so lovely - and the campsite was empty. It's very well laid out with shrubs/bushes between pitches - most of which were very large. Each pitch has power & water.

There are Safari Tents, Lodges & Medieval Tents also there - bearing in mind most people are going to the Adventure Park, which I understand is aimed at the under 10's. We picked a pitch when booking on line well away from the play area and where the pitches were marked 'quiet area'. The Adventure Park is only open at weekends at this time of year, so most people were arriving Friday & leaving Sunday.

We were very impressed with this site - big, open, well laid out etc. I'm sure it's different in the main season when it's crammed with families with young children.

There's a bus stop at the entrance which goes West to Exeter or East to Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis. The Devon Show Ground is also just along the road and the Devon Show was on whilst we were there but it made little difference to arriving & travelling past it.

When we play Exeter Chiefs again or fancy a trip back, we will definitely use this site again.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Novice99 2 reviews from this member

Fantastic place!

Pitch. We had a super pitch which was half grass half hard standing the standard ones are a little smaller and all grass. We had our own point for hook-up which we didn't use and tap for water. The pitches are well spaced out some have srubs defining the boundaries. You can pick your pitch when you book using an online map so you know exactly where you are in relation to toilets ect.

Facilities. The facilities are fantastic, the toilet and shower blocks are clean and modern with underfloor heating that keep things cosy and dry. The ladies have coin operated hairdriers. There are family bathrooms with a bath and shower and accessible toilet for wheelchair users. There is also a laundry room with washer, drier, iron and freezer for your ice packs. Apparently the guys at reception will charge your mobile if you ask but we didn't need this.

There are gravel roads and tarmac paths and the whole place is well lit without being overbearing. There is quite a lot of noise from all the nearby roads and airport but we probably noticed this more as we are not used to it, but then you don't visit crealy for peace and quiet and as most were families with young children there was no late night party noise. In fact, as we were on the edge of the site and well spaced out we heard very little from our neighbours.

All the staff were amazing, friendly and helpful, everyone from manager looking types to cleaners.

Access to the park is at a much reduced rate (and I believe free in Devon term time )and there is a gate that campers use and you can come and go with no queuing with the day visitors.

There is some evening entertainment laid on which is the usual cabaret stuff, bingo and disco, you can order food which was OK and the arcades and very large soft play area is open for the kids to run about.

There are a couple of play areas on the campsite for when the theme park is closed, again well maintained and a lot of children had brought bikes ect.

There is a well stocked shop on site and we found a tesco a few miles away. Details of local takeaways are provided and the campsite provides a pizza delivery to your tent service. Bbqs are also allowed and for sale.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Rattie73 4 reviews from this member

We just got back from a great 7 night stay at Crealy. All the staff are pleasant and happy to help. The pitch was big and flat but had no marked out boundaries so was left to a little bit of guess work when setting up. The toilet/shower facilities were very good, they were clean and very modern with hands free taps and showers. There were, however, no separate sinks for washing so you use the same ones for brushing your teeth as you do for after using the loo which is a little off putting. There are plenty of showers all with a good changing area and never had to wait once. The showers themselves are warm and modern but the shower head seems a little high up and most of the water ends up running down the cubical walls. The play area was a little basic with just a small wooden fort. The kids got bored with this very quickly but had plenty of space to kick a ball about.

Overall it is a very nice campsite but had more of a holiday park feel to it than campsite so quite rowdy most of the time and lacked the usual campground Etiquette with loud people walking between tents in the early hours and lots of laughing and shouting during the night.

I find it very hard to justify the high price at Crealy especially when the park tickets are extra and although it's a set size pitch you still have to pay extra for pups and trailers. With no campsite bar/pool or food outlets, except inside the theme park, it's just a basic campsite.

We enjoyed it here but I don't think we'll be paying the high price to stay again.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Secondedition09 3 reviews from this member

Didn't like the site at all. Units were too close together. Tents either side of us, just enough room to walk around our van. Dogs left wandering, barking throughout the night. Season pitch holders very noisy until early hours. When we complained staff weren't really intrested.

Shower blocks were the only good thing about this site.

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